Forests serves as one of the major sources of income through tourism and the provision of natural resources in many countries, while playing a critical role in conserving of biodiversity and mitigating climate change. In this regard, forest loss can immensely threaten people’s livelihoods, and plants and animal species. Recognizing the importance of tourism, the United Nations 70th General Assembly has designated 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.
In line with this, UNITAR CIFAL – Jeju hosted a training/workshop entitled “Sustainable Tourism and Forest Management in the Asia-Pacific Region” on 20-23 March 2018 at Ramada Seogwipo Hotel, Seogwipo City, Jeju-do, Republic of Korea. The workshop provided a venue for participants to understand the relationship between sustainable forest management and tourism through various lectures and group activities. Best practices on forest management and tourism were also presented, offering opportunities to explore well-designed tourism development cases around the world. There were sessions that discussed good policies and practical sustainable tourism projects in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Finally, the workshop would help local actors effectively develop relevant policies, promoting and enhancing their geographical advantages for the social, environmental and economic benefits in the long term.
The workshop was attended by representatives from different countries in the Asia-Pacific, including Mr. Jose Carlo H. Quintos of the Society for the Conservation of Philippine Wetlands, Inc.